Hartlepool United decide not to appeal Peter Hartley’s ban

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HARTLEPOOL United will not appeal Peter Hartley’s one-game suspension – meaning the defender will miss Saturday’s crucial clash with Colchester United.

The 23-year-old picked up his fifth booking of the campaign during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford, invoking the one-match ban.

Hartley was cautioned in the melee which followed Gary Alexander’s 85th-minute winner for the Bees, referee Carl Berry later claiming that the yellow was shown after the Pools man had adopted an “aggressive attitude”.

But Pools were baffled by the booking given the fact Hartley had accidentally barged into team-mate Evan Horwood in a bid to retrieve the ball from the back of the net after Alexander had scored.

The club, though, has decided to let the matter rest, leaving former Sunderland reserve Hartley unavailable for the visit of The U’s when Pools look to end their run of seven successive home defeats.

The absence of Hartley heightens the need to nurse Stephen Wright back to fitness after the Scouser missed the weekend trip to the capital because of an Achilles problem.

The good news is the 31-year-old former Black Cat has a chance of making Saturday’s game.

Caretaker boss Micky Barron explained: “Wrighty has a niggle in his Achilles so we will have to wait and see how he is for the weekend.

“Hopefully, though, he will be fit because we have to prepare for the game without Peter. That’s disappointing because when he got booked there were 10 people in the net and he got booked for some reason.”